Barrie Transit driver tests positive for COVID-19

All Barrie Transit operators separated from passengers by plexiglass and six feet of space

City Hall says it was informed today a Barrie Transit operator has received a positive COVID-19 test.

The driver is isolating at home. Barrie Transit is not aware of any workplace transmission.

The city cannot report which routes the driver may have worked on and when, saying the health unit has advised it is to protect the privacy of the driver.

All buses continue to be cleaned and sanitized daily.

Members of the public are advised to continue following the advice of the local health unit, self-monitor, and seek out testing if COVID-19 symptoms develop. “Barrie Transit continues to do everything we can to ensure a safe environment for our riders and employees,” says Brent Forsyth, Director of Transit and Parking Strategy. “We wish the affected driver well and hope they are feeling better soon.”

Since the onset of the pandemic, the city has taken steps to ensure the safety of its transit system; that includes plexiglass shields around the driver, six feet of space between the driver and first available seat, mandatory face masks for passengers, hand sanitizer on all vehicles, and capacity limits on buses.